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DON’T BLAME TEACHERS

DON’T BLAME TEACHERS

There will be an inquiry into the handling of the crisis and already anxious cabinet ministers , stalking corridors of power, are sharpening their knives and considering which back will prove the most convenient recipient. My money is on the scientists landing the role of fall guys.

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An Earlier Epidemic

An Earlier Epidemic

Liz and I were two years into a three year contract and thoroughly enjoying the experience in this rural, boarding school. Our first child, Caoimhe, had been born six months earlier and we were deeply conscious of the risks to her. Local medical facilities were fairly basic, as the picture of Liz at the clinic shows. For long periods there was no doctor in residence and there were only two trained staff. We had travelled forty miles through the bush to an American Baptist missionary hospital for Caoimhe’s birth because it had a doctor and nurses on site.

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THE BEST AND THE WORST OF IT

THE BEST AND THE WORST OF IT

The management of the Coylumbridge Hotel and Tim Martin of Wetherspoons are graduates of the Gerald Ratner Business School. This morning Martin was arguing on BBC R4 that the virus was not being spread in his pubs and the instant eviction of young European workers in Aviemore ,following their contacts being abruptly and summarily terminated, will earn its own place in history as a notorious text book PR disaster. I could go on about the Cheltenham Festival but I think we all recognise the combined obscenity of class and money, both Irish and English.

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Whiskey and the Bar

Whiskey and the Bar

  A braw bottle of whiskey (with an ‘e’ for it is Irish) crowns our kitchen pelmet ; we’ve solemnly sworn not to hear that ‘brrrp’ of it being uncorked until either Ireland is united or Scotland is independent. (It’s whiskey, not whisky, as the latter evaporates

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Maurice Dobson, Photographer

Maurice Dobson, Photographer

Maurice Dobson was a towering figure, literally and metaphorically, in the annals of Stirling and District Camera Club. At various points, during his thirty something years of membership, he held each of the major offices and was noted for his commitment and efficiency in each of them.

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The Big Light by Eva Comrie

The Big Light  by Eva Comrie

Candles mean different things to different folk; women like smelly ones, or those in fancy colours with sparkles, glitter and wee mysterious speckles on the surface. Some of us light candles in churches, perhaps particularly abroad on holidays or pilgrimage, in special or hallowed places when we

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SECTARIAN RULE IN DELHI AND BELFAST

SECTARIAN RULE IN DELHI AND BELFAST

It was established Unionist policy to deprive Derry and the North West of economic development since it might possibly provide employment for people opposed to their rule and population growth would imperil the gerrymander operating with impunity in Derry. Unfortunately, and the denial of expansion of Magee University is a notable case, there are still clear signs that the old, Unionist protocols are intact and embedded in the thinking of those with power.

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RHIANNON GIDDENS AT THE USHER HALL

RHIANNON GIDDENS AT THE USHER HALL

‘The ancient Irish bodhran was invented sometime in the fifties’.    Well, so Francesco Turrisi , onstage with Rhiannon Giddens, told a  capacity Usher Hall audience in a bitterly cold,  Edinburgh last night. It was only one  line from the humorous  badinage between the pair on carbon dating

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SCOTLAND AND THE TROUBLES

SCOTLAND AND THE TROUBLES

The intent of BBC Scotland’s programme to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the recent ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland was embedded in the title, ‘The War Next Door’.  At a superficial level, there was an attempt to provide a semblance of balance with the early inclusion of an

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